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Samsung’s Bendy, Twisty Screen May Be Leaving Prototype Limbo

Samsung this week displayed prototypes of its Youm line of flexible, virtually unbreakable organic light-emitting diode displays at the 2013 CES being held in Las Vegas. At CES, Samsung showed off a small tablet-like device with a wraparound flexible screen. This increased the amount of screen avail...

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The Smart TV Shopping Saga: Size and Power Matter

To buy a flashy new ultra-thin framed 3D TV or not: Like many consumers over the holiday buying hustle, I struggled with that question. I finally gave in and decided to buy one. That decision was not an impulse-only submission, however. I was toying for a while with replacing my aging 42-inch plasma...

Here Comes UHDTV – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

The original analog NTSC TV standard for sets that graced living rooms for decades was only phased out in 2009 after years of delays, extensions and efforts to reach a standard for digital TV, but already TV manufacturers are looking to the next big thing. At this year's International CES, all the b...

Consumers Tuning Out OLED in 2013

The 2013 International CES is in full swing, and it's easy to get caught up in all the hoopla over the latest and greatest tech gizmos on display. However, this is a cycle that repeats itself annually, and what's hot in Vegas this week may cool down faster than you can say "OLED." A year ago, OLED, ...

TECH TREK

State Dept. in a Snit Over Schmidt’s North Korea Trip

The U.S. State Department gave a measured but clear rebuke of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's upcoming trip to North Korea. News broke this week that Schmidt will join former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson on a humanitarian mission to the impoverished nation. The itinerary and exact purpose of t...

LG Ships a Big, Bright OLED That Makes Flat-Screens Look Fat

LG Electronics on Monday became the first manufacturer to make a 55-inch OLED TV available on the market, taking preorders in Korea for its device. The device is the LG Model 55EM9700. It is listed at $10,000, and will begin shipping in February. With the announcement, LG has taken pole position in ...

OPINION

Samsung vs. Apple: Why Samsung Wins a Pyrrhic Victory

Last week was defined largely by two interesting stories. One had Apple bringing some manufacturing back to the U.S., and the other revolved around the outcome of the latest trial between Apple and Samsung. It shows you how hard it is to read a judge, though. I thought Judge Lucy Koh would likely ra...

Samsung Channels Gumby With Unbreakable, Bendy Phone Screen

Samsung reportedly is gearing up to produce plastic flexible displays for mobile devices. The screens are lightweight, nearly unbreakable, and could result in flexible devices down the road. The displays, made from flexible organic light-emitting diodes, could be released in the first half of 2013.

Android, Samsung Boost Smartphones to New Sales Heights

Worldwide mobile phone sales are continuing to take a hit in the sluggish economy even as smartphone figures rise, according to a Gartner report released Tuesday. The mobile device industry sold 428 million units in the quarter, a 3 percent drop from the same time last year. Smartphone sales are up ...

Walmart to Crash Thanksgiving With Early Black Friday Deals

Walmart is opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. local time. To persuade shoppers who may be digesting the biggest meal of the year to leave the comfort of their sofas, the retailer is offering door-busting specials at specific time slots. Customers who are inside the store and standing in...

Android Rules the Smartphone World

Android dominates the worldwide smartphone market, running on 75 percent of all smartphones shipped throughout the globe in the third quarter, IDC reported. Samsung continued to hold sway over the Android market, but its market share slipped because of competition from a multitude of smaller vendors...

Smart TVs: You Won’t Just Watch Anymore

The line between TVs and computers is increasingly blurring, with TVs becoming smarter and more connected than ever. As interactive, Web-connected appliances, smart TVs have search and navigation capabilities, can interact with tablets and smartphones, and offer access to downloadable apps. In short...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

Roam Control Could Muscle You Out of a Tight Spot

Minimal signal bars? In the middle of nowhere? Your phone should automatically roam onto alternative networks designated by carrier roaming agreements, but sometimes it doesn't -- the phone can appear biased towards your home network. I've been looking at Roam Control, an Android app -- not avail...

Apple’s Big Mini Mystery Solved

Apple made it official Tuesday and unveiled its new iPad mini tablet along with a new iMac and MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro features a 2.6 GHz Intel processor, high-resolution Retina display and solid-state drive. The new MacBook, which will be 20 percent thinner than the previous generation, will s...

Google to Get Last Word in Week of Tablet Launches

Google could be poised to roll out new Nexus tablet offerings at next Monday's press event in New York City. The search giant is also likely to introduce a new smartphone, the LG Nexus 4, powered by Android 4.2. The timing of the event is certainly interesting, as it comes later on the same day that...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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